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Dr Robbie Goodhue

Senior Experimental Officer

Tel: + 353 1 896 1419 
Office: Museum Building, Office 0.15B


My research has several themes which stem both from my doctorate (1996) and more recent activity in TCD Geochemistry. I am particularly interested in the behaviour of organic matter and clay minerals during heating, and, the study of building materials and their impact on the structure and the indoor environment. I use various analytical methods in my research including optical microscopy, x-ray diffraction, x-ray fluorescence, isotope ratio mass spectrometry and scanning electron microscopy.


Senior Sophister
GL4422 Analysis in Geological, Earth and Environmental Research
GL4411 Organic Petrology, Palynology and Palaeobotany

Postgraduate courses
Graduate Diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation


ROONEY, A., GOODHUE, R. and CLAYTON, G. Stable isotope analysis of the Upper Devonian palynomorph, Tasmanites. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatography, Palaeoecology, v. 429, 2015, p13-21.

ROONEY, A., CLAYTON, G. and GOODHUE, R., The dispersed spore Retusotriletes loboziakii sp. nov., affiliated with the enigmatic Late Devonian alga Protosalvinia Dawson 1884, Palynology, 37, (2), 2013, p196 – 201.

FERNANDES, P, MUSGRAVE, J, CLAYTON, G, PEREIRA, Z, OLIVEIRA, J, GOODHUE, R. and RODRIGUES, B. New evidence concerning the thermal history of Devonian and Carboniferous rocks in the South Portuguese Zone,  Journal of the Geological Society, 169, Part 6, 2012, p647-654.

MINET, E, COXON, C.E., GOODHUE, R., RICHARDS, K.G., KALIN, R.M., MEIER-AUGENSTEIN,W. Evaluating the utility of 15N and 18O isotope abundance analyses to identify nitrate sources: A soil zone study, Water Research, 2012, 46: p3723-3736.

SMITH, A, GOODHUE, R and BIOLETTI, S., Monitoring Deposited Dust in The Old Library, Trinity College Dublin, International Preservation News, 53, 2011, p19 – 23.

GOODHUE, R. and CLAYTON, G., Palynomorph Darkness Index (PDI) - a new technique for assessing thermal maturity, Palynology, 34, (2), 2010, p147 – 156.

O’LUANAIGH, N.D., GOODHUE, R. And GILL, L.W., Nutrient removal from on-site domestic wastewater in horizontal subsurface flow reed beds in Ireland. Ecological Engineering, Volume 36, Issue 10, 2010, p1266-1276.

DONOGHUE, E., TROLL, V.R., SCHWARZKOPF, L.M., CLAYTON, G. and GOODHUE, R., Organic block coatings in block-and-ash flow deposits at Merapi Volcano, central Java, Geological Magazine, 146, (1), 2009, p113 – 120.

HERNANDEZ, Y., NICOLOSI, V., LOTYA, M., BLIGHE, F.M., SUN, Z., DE, S., McGOVERN, I.T., HOLLAND, B., BYRNE, M., GUN’KO, Y.K., BOLAND, J.J., NIRAJ, P., DUESBERG, G., KRISHNAMURTHY, S., GOODHUE, R., HUTCHINSON, J., SCARDACI, V., FERRARI, A.C. and COLEMAN, J.N., High-yield production of graphene by liquid-phase exfoliation of graphite, Nature Nanotechnology, 3, 2008, p563 – 568.

Chew, D., Kirkland, C., Schaltegger, U. and Goodhue, R. Neoproterozoic glaciation in the Proto-Andes: Tectonic implications and global correlation. Geology, v.35, no.12, 2007, p1095-1098.

CHAPMAN, M., GRAHAM, J.R., GOODHUE, R. and COXON, P., Prehistoric drainage diversion in the Monavullagh Mountains, Co. Waterford, Decies, 61, 2005, p1 – 12.

TAYLOR, D., LANE, P.J., MUIRURI, V., RUTTLEDGE, A., GAJ MCKEEVER, R., NOLAN, T., KENNY, P. and GOODHUE, R., Mid- to late-Holocene vegetation dynamics on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, The Holocene, 15, (6), 2005, p837 – 846.

GOODHUE, R, and CLAYTON, G., Organic maturation level, thermal history and hydrocarbon source rock potential of the Namurian rocks of the Clare Basin, Ireland, Marine and Petroleum Geology, 16, 1999, p675 - 677